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Mar 22, 2015 9:40 PM

Busy snowmobiling weekend in North Country


COOS COUNTY - Great weather meant excellent riding conditions, brought thousands of snowmobilers on trails, and kept law enforcement busy.

On Saturday afternoon, Conservation officers said they were called to a scene in Whitefield. Officers said Jennifer Manning, 36 of Melrose, Mass., sustained a leg injury after she lost control of her rented snowmobile.

Officials said she was taken to Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster for treatment and the cause of the accident was from lack of experience.

Conservation officers said they were assisted by Whitefield Fire and Rescue personnel as well as Whitefield Police Officers.

Later Saturday evening, conservation officers said they were called to assist two instances of missing snowmobilers.

Officials said the snowmobilers had been stuck off a trail in Twin Mountain and Pittsburg.

Officials said the snowmobilers from Pittsburg were located on a maintained snowmobile trail prior to nightfall.

The call about the missing hikers came at midnight and was resolved at 1:20 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Officials said two calls came in nearly simultaniously. Officials said the first call involved a female snowmobiler who had gone into open water in Pittsburg and was experiencing hypothermia.

Officials said the location of the incident was not known, and when trying to find snowmobiler, it was later found out that she left the scene.

Officials said Kate Murphy, 32 of Weare, had been brought back to Lopstick Lodge by a private vehicle.

Officials said she warmed up by taking a hot shower and refused medical treatment.

Officials said Murphy's vehicle ended up in the Connecticut River West of Deer Mountain Warming Hut.

Shortly after that incident, conservation officers responded to a single-vehicle snowmobile crash in the town of Errol.

Officials said Santanna Kneeland, 38 of Bridgewater, sustained a hip injury after losing control of her snowmobile on a steep portion of an icy trail.

Officials said Kneeland was transported to Upper Connecticut Vally Hospital in Colebrook for further treatment and the cause of the accident was inexperience.

Officials said alcohol did not appear to be the cause of any of the incidents.


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